How To Avoid Feeling Guilty After Eating and Drinking Your Feelings
Weekends are harder to stay on track with exercise and healthy eating no matter what time of year it is, but Christmas weekends (and weekdays in fact) are even more difficult to stay focused.
Every Monday I catch up with the girls in the 6 Week Body Plan and Life Transformer plans, when so many of the girls share their weight losses, their health achievements and how they’re feeling motivated to take on a new week.One of the girls recently put a very honest post about her treat day the day before. She hadn’t been feeling the best all week. She’d been off work feeling unwell, Naturally, like us all, this made her feel down in the dumps and as she put it ‘I 100% ate and drank my feelings yesterday’She felt a little guilty about the treats, but the best part for me in her post was:
“I’m not going to let it roll on though and undo all the good I’ve done already”
This is the #1 thing that anybody wanting and trying to lose weight must remember.One bad meal or day does not damage everything, just the same as one workout or salad doesn’t give you instant results (annoying!)Firstly, when you’ve been working hard on changing your habits it is difficult initially. Breaking bad habits is just as hard as creating new ones. But with a bit of consistency and perseverance, it does get easier over time and is soon second nature. However, when you’re still in work mode we all need a little break from it all.
Is Falling off the Wagon Such a Bad Thing?
Having a day with a Banana & Chocolate cake with a toffee nut latte, 3 glasses of wine and 2 mince pies may not be ideal for weight loss, however in the long term a little timeout can help to rev up your energy, boost your will power and ignite your motivation to take on another week.I’m sure days like these don’t happen very often for you but if you get a day where:
- You’re feeling unwell and need some comfort.
- Planning healthy food went out of the window and you grabbed something unhealthy.
- Friends invited you out and the festive spirit got the better of you.
The main thing is to see it for what it is and move on.
Get Back on Track
Here are some tips to help you have a healthy response to those over indulgent days and not let it get in the way of your focus on your goals.
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- Keep working on it – one ‘bad’ day doesn’t need to turn into a ‘bad’ week or month. Get back on it as soon as you can.
- Look in your diary for the rest of the month and plan when you’ll indulge and enjoy so you can look forward to it and also focus on staying organised and on track around your parties or meals out.
- The day after you’ve indulged, plan healthy meals. Don’t think ‘oh, I’ve eaten too much here so I’m not going to eat until….’ This is a recipe for disaster and will only leave you hungry, then binge and feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster will make you feel miserable and like you can’t do it.
- Plan a good workout. If you know you’re going out and will have a few drinks. Make sure you do a workout that day. At least you’ll have burned some extra energy and if you have a fuzzy head the next day you can rest OR plan your workout for the next day and use up all that extra energy you’ll have.
- Don’t feel guilty. Make sure your memories of your celebrating are all about enjoyment. Don’t punish yourself because you had a dessert or more drinks than planned. We all do it. It’s part of enjoying life. A healthy balanced lifestyle includes your favourite food and drink as well as the healthy food.
We all get those proud feelings when we avoid the goodies or get up and do our workout. Being disciplined and committed is great and shows that we are strong and we can believe in ourselves to reach our goals. Relaxing a bit and enjoying should also feel good!
So if you’ve got lots coming up over the next few weeks, get organised to be healthy and active. You can also plan for those days and nights off. It’s all part of the balance of being healthy.
Keep it Fit and Fab